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2023 Boys Goalie of the Year: Carter Casey

By YHH Staff, 04/19/23, 1:30PM CDT


From his Most Valuable Player performance during last summer's Bantam Elite League, to his legendary performance for Grand Rapids in the Bantam AA State Tournament quarterfinals, Casey's resume grows by the minute.

2023 Boys Goalie of the Year - Carter Casey

From Bantam Elite League MVP to darling of the youth state tournaments, Casey's campaign is one for the books

After the opening day of the 2023 Minnesota Hockey State youth tournaments in mid-March, the talk of the rinks wasn’t about a particular game or a spectacular offensive performance. 

The cloud of conversation featured a goaltender. 

He was tall. He stood on his head against one of the prohibitive favorites in his team’s field. He made 30 saves. No, he made 40 saves. Maybe 45.

Carter Casey’s now-legendary performance (yes, legendary performances exist in youth hockey) against powerhouse Osseo-Maple Grove on March 17 is a fitting way to bookend a 2022-2023 season that arguably began last August. That month, Casey was named Most Valuable Player of the Bantam Elite League’s Major Division. This honor carries significant weight in a league typically less-than-kind to its goaltenders. 

From then on, Casey helped the Thudnerhawks to 32 wins on the season, and saved his best performances for when it mattered most - the postseason Region and State Tournaments. 

Casey led Grand Rapids to a backdoor win in the Region consolation bracket for the right to play at State, then made 41 saves on 42 shots to beat Osseo-Maple Grove in the quarterfinal round.

The Thunderhawks dropped their next two games by identical scores of 3-1 against eventual state champion Edina and Rogers in the third-place game, but Casey’s combined 49 saves on 55 shots gave the black-and-orange every chance to make a run. 

2023 Boys Goalie of the Year Finalists

Chase Bjorgaard, Edina Bantam AA

Player Team Level
Chase Bjorgaard Edina Bantam AA
Blake Brekke Mankato Peewee A
Brecken Carlson Woodbury Peewee B
Carter Casey Grand Rapids Bantam AA
Carter Nash Hermantown Peewee AA
Brock Peyton Orono BHS
Hampton Slukynsky Warroad BHS
Keaton Walock Northfield BHS

Hampton Slukynsky, Warroad

Boys Goalie of the Year Past Winners

Year Player Team Level
2022 Austin Brauns Andover BHS
2022 Sophia Johnson Minnetonka GHS
2021 Mason McElroy Wayzata Bantam AA
2021 Jordan O'Kane Alexandria GHS
2020 Ben Dardis Mahtomedi BHS
2020 Uma Corniea Edina GHS
2019 Isaiah Paulnock Eden Prairie PeeWee AA
2019 Olivia King Brainerd GHS
2018 Sklyar Vetter Lakeville North Bantam AA
2017 Uma Corniea Edina PeeWee A
2016 Konrad Kausch Duluth East PeeWee AA
2015 Carsen Stokes Prior Lake PeeWee AA
2014 Zach Stejskal Grand Rapids Bantam AA

2022 Boys Goalie of the Year, Austin Brauns of Andover.

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